Here's a post on a whole group classroom management piece I am trying out in the classroom. My Mentor Teacher already has individual rewards in place so I wanted to add a whole group piece because I do a lot of Cooperative Learning and needed to motivate the students to work together (then they will hopefully see the reward and value of getting along). I got the idea to do Brownie Points from What the Teacher Wants! who got it from First Grader...At Last.
Here is the Brownie Points display I am using in the classroom:
Lunch Club: eat lunch with the teachers (maybe even outside if the weather is nice!)
Stinky Feet: wear socks around the classroom for a day
Top Chef: bake in the kitchen (this would take place during recess)
Let's Play: extra recess
Read to a Special Person: they would each pick a person they would like to read to (another teacher, the principal, etc.)
Game Time: play an educational game (like Jeopardy, etc.)
I have welcomed them to make suggestions for other rewards they would like but I prefer them to be non-material rewards.
They get so excited when they earn brownie points! I always explain to them why they earn them and then I say, "Say 'Oh yeah!'" and they say, "Oh yeah!!"
I have uploaded the pieces to make your own brownie points to Google Docs!
I am preparing to introduce the bucketfilling concept to the students this week to help build a sense of community. I'll be sure to post about it's implementation!
Have a super week!